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Learning about the Heart Chakra
I help people with dating issues. I enjoy working with people to help them find relationships that are meaningful to them. Today I want to try something different to help you prepare your heart. It's important to really know this chakra, and it's an ongoing process.
We're going to learn about meditation, mantras, affirmations, and learning how to sooth yourself.
Anahata: the fourth primary chakra. Also referred to as the heart chakra. Anahata roughly translates to unhurt. It acts as the center for:
Why should I care about the heart chakra? If you want to attract or manifest a proper love into your life, then you need to understand your tools and how to use them. If your heart space is in tune, then you'll have a better chance of finding a soul mate, partner, spouse, etc. When we don't have a good sense of love around our heart and mind, we attract and bring in partners who don't complement us well.
- Negative emotions will attract negative emotions.
- A blocked heart chakra can unite you with a toxic partner.
Chakras: focal points in the body that people gravitate toward in meditation. It has its roots in Hinduism. Chakra balancing is also popular in Buddhism.
Meditations: focus on your breathing, try to stop thinking so much, visualize positive images, try soothing mantras, add stretching or yoga into the mix.
Color theory: each chakra represents a different color. The heart space is usually associated with green or pink.
- Leo in Astrology is said to rule the heart space.
- The heart is supported through a healthy diet, cardio exercise, and regular sleep. These basic routine maintenance checks are also important for supporting a healthy relationship.
- You must understand and be in tune with your heart before you try to add another heart into your environment. Those who perfect the single life (1) will move onto having a strong relationship or marriage as a party of 2.
The Bridge to Yourself
The heart chakra is in the middle of all the chakras. The chakras are aligned on your spine. The root chakra is at the base of your spine, the Muladhara. The crown of your head is considered the highest spiritual center, the Sahasrara.
The heart is the midway point, the bridge to your lower emotional self, and to your higher chakras that govern your thoughts. If the heart isn't working just right, you'll feel disconnected from your full self. You want to feel connected to yourself from the top of your head down to the base of your spine.
The heart chakra, anahata, provides balance, calmness, and serenity. You want your heart to be open and healthy. It is a major gateway to yourself, to living in this world, and to attracting love.
The Heart Chakra
Central Channel of the Spine
Lotus Flower with 12 Petals
Ability to make decisions from the higher self / Grace instead of karma
Compassion, Empathy, Charity, Psychic Healing
Better at speech, better understanding of gender, kinder to others
Associations with the Body
Heart, Skin, Hands, Thymus, Endocrine System
Asanas, Pranayamas, Ajapa japa, Bhatki
To work with chakras, you'll want to try meditation. You'll want to find a quiet room, preferably with no other people. Sit in a position that's comfortable to you. A lot of people like to sit on the floor cross legged. Others like to lie on their back.
- Lock the door. Keep the room closed.
- Pets may bother you, so you might not want them in the same room. If they offer you comfort and you don't mind distractions, by all means, keep them near you.
- A good meditation room isn't very cluttered and has plants.
- Play some meditative music or binaural beats. There are thousands upon thousands of meditative music videos on YouTube. There is also meditative music on Apple Music, Spotify, and anywhere you listen to music.
- Try different techniques and see what works best for you. Carve out a nice amount of time for yourself: 30 minutes, an hour, 2 hours.
- Drink plenty of water after you do a meditation. You may also want to have fruits and veggies prepared after it. I prefer onions.
- It's not uncommon to have a headache after doing a meditation or energy work. You may have accessed parts of yourself you normally leave dormant, or you released some pent up energy. Keep things simple: drink lots of water and get plenty of rest. Also, go for a walk and get some movement in your body.
- Taking care of your heart is about self-care. You're investing time into yourself. You're doing what you can to put up a boundary between you and harmful activities and experiences. All too often we practice self-harm. Dedicating time to the heart chakra is supposed to be the opposite of this. It may feel new and weird to you.
- Don't get upset with yourself if you're trying to blank your mind and instead you have restless thoughts. Take ownership and give yourself points for having self-awareness.
- If meditation consistently frustrates you, then focus on other activities that help you lower your stress, bring you joy, etc. Meditation isn't intended to be perfected nor something you excel at doing. It can feel awkward if you're someone from the Western world.
For the heart chakra, you want to repeat positive affirmations about love. Open your palms toward you. Repeat phrases like:
- I am open to love.
- Love resides in me.
- I am open to forgiveness.
- My heart is a tool for love.
- I make good choices for myself.
- My heart is for love.
- I am ready to find love.
- I am patient for love.
- I nourish my heart.
- This is a safe place.
- I give myself permission to relax.
- I attract love into my life.
- I have an abundance of love.
- Healing is my essence.
- Love is the face of god.
- Live and let love.
- Anahata, anahata, anahata.
- My waking life brings love.
- My dreams bring love.
- I recognize my beauty.
- My heartbeats are mine.
- Love conquers all.
- Forgiveness frees me.
- I breathe in love / I breathe out love.
Many of these affirmations could be combined with your own personal religious beliefs. Meditation may be popular in Hinduism and Buddhism, but meditation and yoga don't belong to one particular set of beliefs or cultures. It's human. It's as universal as music.
Working on your heart chakra can help you release negative memories, negative experiences, and spiritual pains. When working on this space in meditation, you may want to think of the colors green or pink.
Gardens: if you have the chance to be in a safe place outside to meditative, count yourself lucky. Sometimes the sounds and colors of nature can be healing, especially during temperate days in spring. I find it helpful during a meditation to visualize nature: pretty landscapes, fragrant flowers, fruit trees, butterflies, deer, foxes, waterfalls, lovely rock arrangements.
The Ocean: imagine the ocean waves going back and forth on a shore. I love the sound of the water hitting the sand, the fresh air, the birds cooing, and the sun rising. Sometimes it's easier to find bliss by thinking of the ocean and listening to the sounds of ocean waves.
Rain and forests: imagine yourself going through a fairy forest, all the winding paths, the beautiful leaves, the friendly animals and visitors along the way. Listening to rain often calms people and makes them feel more rested.
Visuals of heaven: heaven means something different for each person, maybe it's a place full of nature and togetherness for you. Maybe it's a place somewhere far away in another galaxy that's more advanced than us. Try to stir up positive images in your mind: actively dreaming of heaven can give you hope.
Images that make your heartbeat: what brings you joy? What makes your heartbeat louder? What makes your heart feel like it's alive? String together memories that have your heart and soul in them in positive ways.
- When you come to a negative memory don't ignore it, try to embrace it with love and forgiveness.
- Address it, give it compassion, and then release it.
The heart chakra is associated with the element of air. Another way you can help energize and free up your heart chakra is through breathing exercises.
- I want to encourage you to be playful with how you take breaths.
- Intentional breathing can be helpful while stretching.
- Focusing on your breathing is good for your heart and lungs.
Concentrate on when you take a breath. Focus and try to take deeper and longer breaths.
- See how long you can stretch out inhaling air.
- See how long you can stretch out exhaling.
- See how long you can hold your breath.
Concentrate on how your breathing makes the rest of your body feel. Do you tighten your shoulders? Does your chest feel sore? Does your spine feel like it's inflating and deflating?
Try alternate nostril breathing: push in one side of your nose when you breath in, and push on the other side of your nose when you breath out. Go back and forth this way and see if you can breath in one nostril and breath out the other nostril without the assistance of your hand.
As you breathe in, follow the breath all the way to the top of your crown. As you breath out, follow the exhale down to your root chakra.
Try humming. See how long you can sustain a note.
Lion's breath: spit out your tongue and make heavy breathing noises.
Sing: see how high you can sing. Reverse and see how low you can sing.
Try different postures with different breathing techniques. You might be surprised at what you find.
- Take very short breaths in and out rapidly.
- Take very slow and long breaths.
- Breathe only through your nose.
- Breathe only through your mouth.
- Say a mantra and then focus on a breathing technique.
- Take notice of your breath when moving, when sitting, when going to bed.
Wear the color green or pink: you don't just have to visualize the right colors for your meditation, go ahead and surround yourself with them. Step away from the beige walls and industrial buildings. Try to be in tune with beauty. Step into nature. Surround yourself with plants.
Burn essential oils or incense: add scents into your environment that you find comforting or even spiritual like. Essential oils, incense, candles, and crystals could help you find the aesthetic you desire for your meditation time.
Rely on green foods: eat a healthy breakfast of leafy greens, green tea, and green fruits. Apples, cucumbers, green beans, lettuce, kale, and grapes could all be what your body is seeking.
Experiment with sound frequencies: some people swear by ASMR for their meditation. Binaural beats could be soothing to you. Maybe they make you feel enlightened. Experiment with Tibetan bowls to see if that relaxes you.
Yoga poses: try poses that are for the chest and the hips. Our emotions gravitate to our hips and live there. That's where you carry trauma -- so shake those hips! A lot of people when they do yoga find that they feel better after working on their hips, and it can be a big emotional release. Here are some poses that might help when focusing on anahata.
- Half camel pose
- Wheel pose
- Warrior 1
- Upward facing dog
- Reverse plank
- Bow pose
- Happy baby
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2021 Andrea Lawrence